Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

Its official. MintVine 2.0 is finally going international! As of this morning we now have surveys going out to all our UK members. So, as a way to welcome them to the group we would like to help you get to know them.

The United Kingdom, a sovereign state under international law, is a member of intergovernmental organisations, the European Union and the United Nations. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are not themselves listed in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) list of countries. However the ISO list of the subdivisions of the UK is supplied by British Standards and the Office for National Statistics and so uses “country” to describe England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland, in contrast, is described as a “province” in the same lists. The Parliament of the United Kingdom and Government of the United Kingdom deal with all reserved matters for Northern Ireland and Scotland and all non-transferred matters for Wales, but not in general matters that have been devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. Additionally, devolution in Northern Ireland is conditional on co-operation between the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of Ireland (see North/South Ministerial Council). The Government of the United Kingdom also consults with the Government of Ireland to reach agreement on some non-devolved matters for Northern Ireland (see British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference). England remains the full responsibility of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which is centralized in London.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way here are some fun facts about our colleagues across the pond:

As well as a great website that compiles a nice little dictionary of British Slang terms - http://www.effingpot.com/slang.shtml

Drinking in an English Bar

1. In England, in pubs or bars, you can have drinks but you are not allowed to get drunk; and in Scotland you are on the wrong side of the law if you are drunk and in possession of a cow.

The “Tube”

2. In London the tube route from Leicester Square to Covent Garden is the most popular tube route for tourists despite the fact that it is actually quicker to cover this distance on foot!

3. The tube system, despite being the first and the largest underground system in the world, is also the most unreliable and the costliest.

4. The 409 escalators in the London subway cover a distance every week which is approximately equivalent to several trips around the globe!

Royal Eccentrics

5. Not surprisingly, it is considered one of the strangest historical facts thatBerengaria of Navarre, who was married to King Richard of England, had never once stepped on English soil!

6. Did you know that the Windsor Castle is the oldest royal residence in the world that is still being used by the royal family and that the Buckingham Palace was built in 1702 on the site of an infamous brothel!

7. It is also believed to be haunted by many ghosts including those of Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King George, and Charles I.

8. The Queen of England, who once enjoyed extensive powers and authority over almost the whole world, and despite all her present majesty and glory, is not allowed to enter the House of Commons simply because she is not its member!

9. And in medieval England even animals were tried in royal courts and punished for damages they inflicted on people or their properties!

Tea Drinking

10. The English are tea addicts: an Englishman drinks more tea than any person of any other nation (over twenty times more than Americans!).

Big Ben is not a clock

11. Contrary to popular belief that Big Ben refers to the world famous clock, it is actually the name of the thirteen ton bell. The tower itself is known as St. Stephen’s Tower.

Where do they come from?

12. That London is one of the cities with the high cultural diversity in the world, can be gauged from the fact that about 25% of the inhabitants of London were born outside of England!

London, London

13. One of the most well-known theatres of The United Kingdom is the Theatre Royal Bristol that has been continuously staging “Cats” since 1766!

14. Did you know that London has had many names in the past? It was calledLondonium during the Roman Invasion, Ludenwic in Saxon times, andLudenburg during the kingdom of Alfred the Great.

15. The London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world and each rotation takes about 30 minutes.

16. In the Great Fire of London that wreaked havoc on the city and necessitated massive reconstruction work, the casualty count was only eight!

17. The treasures contained in the British Museum span two million years of world civilization.

The bridge that fell down 1000 years ago

18. You must have heard the “London Bridge is falling down” nursery rhyme. Did you know that this rhyme might be over a thousand years old? The Saxons destroyed London Bridge using boats and ropes to tear it down. People think that is how the rhyme originated.

19. Did you know that the River Thames, which flows through London, has over 200 bridges and 20 tunnels?
Something to keep in mind next time you’re walking back to your hotel near the tower of London!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well folks, it happened quickly this year – Holiday Season is already here.  And how do we know this? Because I can smell pumpkin pie as I type this.  Which means I’ve got to make this quick.

First off, we at MintVine would like to wish you and all your families a wonderful, safe, and cozy Thanksgiving.  Secondly, we want to say Thank You. Thank you for your participation and all the time you put in to taking our Surveys, Polls, and Offers.  Thank you for telling all your friends and facebook buddies about us and telling them how wonderful we are (hopefully).

Happy Thanksgiving!

And to show our thanks we have scoured the internet to come up with everything you might need to make your Thanksgiving a little bit easier:

Fun Facts: Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.

The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.

Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog

Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster

Many more here - http://www.whsv.com/seasonal/misc/33852054.html

Triviahttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/21/thanksgiving-trivia-facts_n_1106005.html

Quizhttp://puzzles.about.com/od/trivia/l/bl_thanksgivingquiz.htm

Tipshttp://www.bhg.com/thanksgiving/planning/

Games for kidshttp://voices.yahoo.com/10-wonderful-online-thanksgiving-games-kids-7054128.html

http://spoonful.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-games

Recipeshttp://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/thanksgiving/index.html

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/thanksgiving-side-dish-recipes.html

http://www.bonappetit.com/tag/25-best-thanksgiving-recipes

And for those of you who took the time to read everything – we would like to thank you too.   Anyone who reads this and posts Happy Thanksgiving on our Facebook page will receive 25 bonus points credited to their account.

 

Frustrated Much?

So you sign on to MintVine and you find a survey in your inbox for the first time in a while!  You click on your mouse to open it up with a flick of excitement. The anticipation builds and builds as the page loads.  Finally, the page opens up and you begin to answer questions.   With each answer your anxiety grows and grows as you know you are that much closer to receiving the coveted 250 points.  And then, 15 minutes into a 20 minute survey you are told you have been Disqualified.

What. The. Bleep.

Just understand that we feel those same frustrations.

(this video illustrates what we deal with on a daily basis)

When you disqualify from a survey for some inane reason we must go back to our client and try to explain to them why.  It is a long, arduous process that just means more headaches for everyone around.

The point of this is to let you know we feel your pain, and that we are working day and night to make this a more enjoyable, headache-free process for everyone.  All of our profile surveys, as obscure as some of them may seem, are a good way to keep this from happening, as well as trying out our new feature, MintRoll.